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VCE Higher Education Studies

Deakin University offers two types of VCE Higher Education Studies, both allowing students to take two university units as part of their VCE and start their Deakin University experience sooner.

  • VCE Extension Studies: Students studying VCE Health and Human Development or VCE Psychology can extend their studies by taking two units of 'Health Practice and Research' or 'Psychological Science'
  • Advanced Standing Studies: any VCE student can take two units of Criminology.

Frequently Asked Questions
relating to the VCE Higher Education Studies Program
are available below or for download (PDF, 51.1 KB)


Available units

Health Practice and Research

The two units in this extension study are designed to build on VCE Health and Human Development.

HBS110 Health Behaviour

Health Behaviour uses a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the impact of lifestyle and behaviours on health and factors that impact on health behaviours across the life span. You will develop an understanding of the process, challenges and skills involved in health behaviour change.

You can study this unit in seminars at the Melbourne Burwood Campus or fully via cloud (online) learning at a time and place that suits you. This unit involves three hours contact per week: one two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial. Assessment in this unit involves a six-week health behaviour journal (45%), 10 online weekly quizzes (10%) and an end of trimester examination (45%).

HBS108 Health Information and Data

Health Information and Data will help you develop skills in identifying and evaluating different forms of health evidence. You will learn how to make critical judgements about the many health claims we see every day and the quality of health information available to the public. You will develop skills in distinguishing valid, well-researched health claims from those that have little or no evidence to support them. The skills students develop in this unit equip them to make informed evidence based decisions as both consumers and health professionals.

This unit is taught fully via cloud (online) learning so you can choose to study whenever and wherever you like. While there are no formal contact hours, you will join weekly one-hour online tutorials and engage with fellow students on the online discussion forum for three hours per week. Assessment in this unit includes two written assignments (800 words, 20%, and 1200 words, 30%) and an end of trimester examination (50%).

How you will learn

Deakin delivers quality online learning where you can access resources, connect with staff and students and join discussions and tutorials. You will have full access to the Deakin Library, both on campus and online. While you will be studying with other Deakin students, there will be special online discussion groups just for VCE students.

How these units relate to future studies at Deakin

If you go on to study at Deakin you may claim credit for these units as part of a range of health courses including health sciences, nursing, exercise and sport science, occupational therapy, social work, psychology, vision science and public health and health promotion, or as elective units in other courses.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Students must have completed, or be studying concurrently, VCE units 3 & 4 Human Health and Development to be eligible for Health Behaviour/Health Information and Data.
  • To be considered for the program you will need above average results and a recommendation from your school.
  • Permission from a Parent/Guardian is required.

Psychological Science

The two units in this extension study are designed to build on VCE Psychology.

HPS111 Introduction to Psychology A

This introductory unit explores the fundamental biological underpinning of human psychology. This includes the genetic and neurological bases of behaviour, including how these processes are influenced by various environmental factors. It explores the processes that make us human, ranging from primitive and adaptive functions, such as motivation and emotion, to higher order concepts such as intelligence. The unit explores the notion of consciousness and what it means to think, and how memory and learned experiences influence who we are and how we behave. The focus is primarily on the individual elements that contribute to our understanding of human behaviour. The content is designed to allow you to reflect on your own experience with the world, and to encourage you to derive meaning from understanding the psychological processes at play.

You can study this unit on a campus in classes (Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Warrnambool Campus) or fully via Cloud campus (online) at a time and place that suits you. Assessment comprises a deconstructed research report (web-based assessment, 1500 words) (50%) and an end of trimester multiple choice question examination (50%).

HPS121 Introduction to Psychology B

Following on from the biological underpinning of psychology in HPS111, HPS121 focuses on the science of the human individual in context. Different theoretical perspectives of psychological concepts relating to how we function as individuals in a social world are contrasted and evaluated throughout the unit.

We begin by looking at how we - as both biological and social beings - develop throughout the lifespan as we explore the complex interaction between biological and environmental influences. Various theoretical perspectives are applied to explore what makes up our individual personalities, and how personality is assessed. The impact of psychological disorders on individual and societal wellbeing is considered, and the different therapeutic approaches used to treat these disorders are analysed.  We then examine the power of situational, societal, and cultural influences on behaviour.

You can study this unit on a campus in classes (Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Warrnambool Campus) or fully via cloud (online) at a time and place that suits you. Assessment in this unit includes a laboratory report (2000 words, 40%) and an end of trimester multiple choice question examination (60%).

How you will learn

Deakin delivers quality cloud (online) learning where you can access resources, connect with staff and students and join discussions and tutorials. You will have full access to the Deakin Library, both on a campus or via the cloud (online). While you will be studying with other Deakin students, there will be special online discussion groups just for VCE students.

How these units relate to future studies at Deakin

If you go on to study at Deakin you may claim credit for these units as part of your psychology course or for the Psychology major in the Health Sciences degree or as elective units within a non-psychology course.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Students must have completed, or be studying concurrently, VCE units 3 & 4 Psychology to be eligible for Introduction to Psychology A/Introduction to Psychology B
  • To be considered for the program you will need above average results and a recommendation from your school.
  • Permission from a Parent/Guardian is required.

Criminology

The two units in this Advanced Standing Study can be taken by students studying any subjects in VCE.

ACR101 Introducing Crime and Criminology

This unit introduces you to the various ways in which we think about and respond to crime and its control. It introduces some of the key frameworks for understanding and explaining crime and examines some of the main types of crime. Examples include crimes between persons, groups and organisations, and crimes at local, national and international levels. The unit also provides a foundation for future study in criminology subjects.

You can study this unit on a campus (Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus or Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus) or fully via Cloud (online) at a time and place that suits you. Assessment in this unit includes a knowledge and skills audit (10%), online exercises (10%), research and writing exercises (1500 words, 40%) and an end of trimester examination (40%).

ACR102 Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

This unit provides an introduction to the structures and procedures of the criminal justice system from a critical perspective. The unit outlines the major characteristics of the investigation, prosecution, adjudication and correctional processes within the criminal justice system, and the key issues that impinge on contemporary criminal justice administration in Australia. The conduct of police investigations, prosecutorial decision-making and the executive administration of the prison system are explored. The unit adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of criminal justice institutions and practices, and critically assesses the effectiveness of the system using contemporary criminological/socio-legal evidence.

You can study this unit on a campus (Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus or Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus) or fully via Cloud (online) at a time and place that suits you. Assessment in this unit includes online exercises (10%), a presentation (400 words or equivalent, 10%) research and writing exercises (1500 words, 40%) and an end of trimester examination (40%).

How you will learn

Deakin delivers quality online learning where you can access resources, connect with staff and students and join discussions and tutorials. You will have full access to the Deakin Library, both on campus and online. While you will be studying with other Deakin students, there will be special online discussion groups just for VCE students.

How these units relate to future studies at Deakin

If you go on to study at Deakin you may claim credit for these units as part of the Bachelor of Criminology, or as elective units in the Bachelor of Arts and combined courses that recognise criminology electives, or as electives in a broad range of Deakin courses.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • To be considered for the program you will need above average results and a recommendation from your school.
  • Permission from a Parent/Guardian is required


Eligibility, and how to apply

Check your eligibility for each extension study in the explanation above.

There are a limited number of places available in each of the VCE Higher Education Studies and applicants will be ranked for offers based on information supplied by them in the application and in the recommendations from their schools.

How to apply

Download, complete and return the application form (PDF, 196.5 KB) .

Applicants are able to submit up to five pages of additional information to assist the selection committee in making its decisions. Details are provided on the application form.

Closing Date

11 December 2015.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any other units offered via the program?

For 2016, one Advanced Standing Study is offered – Criminology – and two Extension Studies – Health Practice and Research (an extension of VCE Health and Human Development) and Psychological Science (an extension of VCE Psychology). Deakin will review this for 2017 and may introduce new units in the future. Please return to this page for updates.

Will my marks for units studied at Deakin University count towards my VCE?

Your results at Deakin contribute to your ATAR as a fifth or sixth study, but only if you complete the two units successfully.

Do I have to include my Semester 1 and 2 reports to apply for this program?

No – we ask you tell us in Section 4 about your Education History, and then your School will be required to attach a copy of your details from the VASS system.

What if I have not undertaken the VCE units 1 and 2, can I still apply for this program?

For the VCE Extension Studies in health and psychology, yes you can still apply if you have not undertaken the VCE units 1 and 2. You will need to be concurrently studying units 3 and 4 or have completed these.

For the criminology Advanced Standing Study, there are no requirements for particular VCE units; the study is open to all VCE students.

In regards to Section 3, can we choose to study both Trimesters or a single Trimester only?

Yes, you can choose to do two units of study or just one. Please note if you only complete one unit then you will not be eligible for an increment for your ATAR.

If I choose to undertake one unit of study, will this count towards my VCE?

No, you will not be awarded credit when you only complete one of the two units of study. You will still be able to apply for 'credit for prior learning' for the unit of study, once you receive an offer from a University (the outcome of your application will depend on your course structure and unit equivalency). For those students applying to Deakin, if you are made an offer you are very likely to receive credit for your VCE Higher Education Studies towards your Deakin degree.

Once I complete the units, how do I get an Academic transcript from Deakin?

You will just need to contact Customer Service, and you will be able to request a transcript: (03) 9244 6333, (03) 5227 2333 or (03) 5563 3333. Please note this attracts a cost.

Will I be required to pay any fees as part of this program?

You will not be required to pay any tuition fees as part of this program. The only cost you may incur is if you need a text book for either unit of study. Generally materials are provided online via CloudDeakin, so you can access lectures, readings and other materials via the web.

Can I speak to a course adviser about what is involved with studying these units with Deakin?

For the Extension Studies in health and psychology, contact the Faculty of Health on 9251 7777 or health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

For the Advanced Standing Study in Criminology, contact the Faculty of Arts and Education on 9246 8100, 5227 1359 or 5563 3489 or artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

Boost your ATAR score

As part of Deakin University's extension studies program you will be eligible to receive the ATAR increments. Increments are only given if you successfully complete both subjects.

In 2014, the increment is:

  • 5.0 where a student averages at least 90
  • 4.5 where a student averages at least 80 but less than 89
  • 4.0 where a student averages at least 70 but less than 79
  • 3.5 where a student averages at least 60 but less than 69
  • 3.0 where a student averages at least 50 but less than 59

Gain university credit

If you enrol in a university course related to your Deakin University VCE Higher Education subjects, you will generally be able to gain credit.

You can use this to accelerate your degree by going straight to the second year of the subject, or to lighten your first year study load.

Contact us

Complete this form to register your interest or to ask questions about this program.

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